Archives for posts with tag: UK rap

A second drop this week from Lunar C, as he hits us with the next video from his most recent album. Desperado is brimming over with the same punchlines and braggadocios lyrics that have earned Lunar his tight following (“I’m not messing, Bradford repping/Where a 12 year-old gypsy girl will smash your head in”), along with some slick production from Killmoney. The album, Very Important, is out now.

Ever since PENGSHUi announced their formation a few years back, it has become clearer with each new release and live performance, that these were three seasoned artists who had found the ideal home for their respective crafts. Illaman, Prav and Fatty decided to carve their own niche at the riotous frenzied point at which punk and grime meet, drawing on the parallels between the two genres to devastating effect. Now with the arrival of their debut album, the trio have cemented their position as one of the most rousing and important acts to emerge from the UK in recent times. The self-titled debut is a perfect encapsulation of everything that PENGSHUi stand for, packed to the rafters with the raw energy of their live shows, the humour and sheer entertainment of Illaman’s lyricism, the fierce antiestablishment spirit that permeates both punk and grime, and the absolute FUCK YOU attitude of three artists who are making exactly the type of music they want, because they can. Read the rest of this entry »

A loosie from Lunar C, as he joins forces with Lefty and Henny Hurtz for Blood Orange. Apparently the track and video were recorded and shot within 24 hours, sparked by a heavy blood orange gin session. The track is produced by Ocelot. Stay tuned for my new interview with Lunar coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Another visual riot from punk-grime advocates, PENGSHUi, as they team up with Newham Generals legend, Footsie, on Wiseman. The production comes courtesy of Pete Cannon. It follows the announcement this week, that PENGSHUi’s debut album is set for release on 21 February. I’ve been pushing these guys since their first track and I am fully confident that we are going to see them reach incredible heights when the LP comes. Considering what they have already achieved in a relatively short space of time, it’s basically a given that they are going to blow up eventually and I think this album will be the touchpaper. More news on the self-titled debut when I’ve got it. Wiseman is available to stream now on the usual platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

A blitzkrieg of a project from SkinzMann as he returns with a fiery new quartet of bangers. For the aptly titled, Fourtunes, the UK producer has enlisted the talents of rising MC star, Obadiah, and battle rap veteran, Unanymous. It’s a fairly trappy feel throughout, which works well with the MCs involved, especially on the EP’s closing track, Juice, which also features a great spot from Wyatt Earp. Fourtunes is available to stream below and you can grab a download over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Another dope drop from CLBRKS and dylantheinfamous, as they hit us with the next video from their recent Igloo EP. The video for Uncle Fester was made by Dylan Grey. Igloo is available now via Bandcamp.

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I have never done an end of year list before, or at least nothing that has been published. But there have been so many strong releases this year, that it felt right to celebrate some of the music I’ve been enjoying over the last 12 months. This will be a list of my 50 favourite rap and hip hop releases from this year, including projects from both the UK and the US. They are in no order, other than the order I remembered them in, or came across them as I tried to jog my increasingly unreliable memory by scouring through my blog and Spotify history. I’ve included Bandcamp links where possible. The rest of the list will be published over the next few weeks.

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The run of top notch videos continues with the latest from Onoe Caponoe. For Space War 169, the High Focus MC has joined forces with experimental bass duo, Ivy Lab, as well as his friend and regular collaborator, L-Zee Roselli. The track is taken from Ivy Lab’s Space War EP and is accompanied by more visual magnificence from This & That Media.

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Another important release that has surfaced in the end of year flurry, is the latest album from Lunar C. After the success of his Dirtbrain LP last year, the Bradford rapper delivers an album which finds him sharper and more entertaining than ever. It’s the same blend of depraved humour, killer punchlines, self-deprecation and hilarious braggadocio, but with a more focused and cohesive feel. There are guest spots this time too, including VVV’s Juga-Naut, who kills his verse on Last Action Hero, and Roll Deep favourite, Mango, who joins Jehst and Lunar on Zero Fux. I can’t find much information on the production credits, but I know Pitch 92 and Jehst definitely both played a part, and I would hazard a guess that beats from HashFinger and Muckaniks are probably in the mix as well. The whole album can be streamed below and downloads can be found on Bandcamp.

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The new album from Sylla B was released on Friday and marks a honing of skills for the Bristol-based MC. His last few releases have all demonstrated a growth in confidence and penmanship, leaving The Walls Have Eyes feeling like the culmination of all that progress. Straight up grime bangers sit next to more thought-provoking tracks, with the variety of styles strengthened by Sylla’s production choices. There are beats from Oozhe, xeno, DROG Beats, Moody Lew, Just Sayin, Yung Toro and sam.makes.beats, along with features from Toro, Gabriel Waves, Moody Lew and Solo Jane. This is a very strong release from an MC whose talent refuses to let him go unnoticed and one who’s only going to keep getting better. You can stream the album in full below and downloads are available from Bandcamp.

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